Sales round-up: SBS boards Viacom’s ‘Train Adventure’; Quintus deals with ProSiebenSat.1

Viacom sells Trevor McDonald’s ‘Indian Train Adventure’

Viacom International Studios has struck worldwide deals for the VIS UK-produced travelogue, which follows the British presenter as he travels from Mumbai to Delhi aboard a luxurious train.

Australian free-to-air broadcaster SBS picked up the 2 x 60-minute series, as well as Secrets Of The Royal Servants and Spending Secrets Of The Royals. The two series have also been licensed by Poland’s TTV, Iranian channel Manoto and RTL in the Netherlands for its free-to-air and SVOD services.

In addition, Secrets of the Royal Servants will air on Japan’s NHK and DIRECTV across Latin America.

Meanwhile, the documentary Meghan and the Markles: A Family at War will air in Poland (TVN and WP1), the Netherlands (RTL), across the Nordics (Discovery) and Latin America (DIRECTV). Meanwhile, SIC in Portugal has picked up Sandringham: The Queen At Christmas and Inside Kensington Palace: Fit for a Princess. The latter will also air on Manoto and Diana To Meghan: Royal Wedding Secrets has been licensed by Hong Kong’s SVOD service Apple Daily.

Elsewhere, titles from VIS’s strand Inside, which includes exclusive sneak peeks into world-renowned retailers Selfridges, Hamleys and Fortnum and Mason, will air on Manoto in Iran, RTL in the Netherlands and SBS in Australia.

All three broadcasters have licensed the entire third season of the strand including six titles.

Quintus strikes doc deals for ‘Planet School’, ‘Dangerous Ways to School’

Quintus Media has signed a number of deals with key documentary channels for its high-end factual shows.

In a package deal, Poland’s Spektrum has picked up The Most Dangerous Ways to School (5 x 60 minutes) and Planet School (6 x 30 minutes) from specialist factual prodco Maximus Film.

Meanwhile, through a deal brokered on behalf of IMG, ProSiebenSat1’s documentary channel Kabel Eins Doku (K1 Doku) has picked up Black Ops (6 x 50 minutes) and CIA Declassified (10 x 50 minutes), both produced by UK based production company World Media Rights.

The company has also concluded a licensing deal with National Geographic Eastern Europe for Exceptional Engineering for seasons one and two (12 x 60 minutes).

Eccho Rights sells ‘The Promise’

Eccho Rights has sold Turkish drama series The Promise overseas as it makes its second season debut on Kanal 7 in Turkey.

The series has been picked up in Poland (TVP), India (MX Player) Lithuania (SIA All Media), and Romania (Antena Group/Happy Channel). These territories join Imedi TV in Georgia which became the first international broadcaster to acquire the series earlier this year.

Handan Özkubat, director of Turkish drama at international distributor Eccho Rights, said: “The Promise is a really amazing production, with the look and feel of a high budget, weekly series but broadcast daily in Turkey, where local audiences have been tuning in at a higher rate than even some of the most prestigious prime time dramas from the past year.”

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